As a child, I remember elderly Black women saying,"
That girl/boy got potencha...(potential). Their heads would
nod between a knowing smile. They could look at young people and
see that there was a spectacular energy inside of that person,
which would surely reveal itself in time, and on occasion. In
physics, potential energy is stored energy. It is a force that
can be tapped, and shared. Perhaps the attack on people of color
is a manifestation of the fear of that potential. It is a fear
that is as old as America itself.
In the light of the current political realities,
we who believe in freedom can access our potencha:
our talents, gifts, knowledge, skills, know-how, discipline, tenacity,
POTENCHA"! We can pull from this vital, using
it for energy unifying, healing, giving, sharing our very best
to guide and protect ourselves/each other through these most challenging
times. We can organize ourselves with the discipline of Harriet
Tubman and all those working the underground rail road, as clandestine
as the thousands of ancestors, who lived in the Great Dismal Swamps
of Virginia/Carolina, with the strategic intelligence of those
many lawyers who worked on the Brown vs. the Board of Education
case, and with the precision of the Deacons of Defense.